Abe, PM with better strength

Abe’s ruling coalition held on to a two-thirds majority of the seats in Japan’s lower house after Sunday’s general election, putting the prime minister in a position to move toward revising the country’s pacifist constitution. Abe said he must humbly accept the victory in this election, and he will continue to do everything he can to produce results with humility and sincerity.

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Abe said he thinks the fact that the ruling party was given a majority of seats represents the view of the people that he must continue to pursue policies using a stable political platform.

He said he will do his best to meet those expectations and try to produce a steady flow of results.

Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party,  coalition partner Komeito, together are nearing 312 seats of the contested 465 seats when last reported. The LDP alone won at least 283 seats, gain an “absolute majority,” power to control every standing committee in the lower house.The opposing parties nearing to  clinched 125 seats between them.

Remaining needs clear results.Constitutional Democratic Party, formed by the leader- rejects, performed better than Party of Hope, that of Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike’s new party.

Japan’s ruling coalition has won an overwhelming victory in Sunday’s general election. The final tally part wise is as follows-;

The Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito party maintained more than two-thirds of the Lower House seats, allowing them to propose the first amendment to the country’s Constitution.

As of Monday morning, 461 of the chamber’s 465 seats have been decided. The LDP, led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, secured 283 seats, one less than before the election but far more than a simple majority of 233.

Komeito won 29, bringing the total of seats held by the ruling camp to 312.

Abe said the result reflected people’s desire for the ruling bloc to produce concrete results on a stable political foundation. He pledged to do his best to meet their expectations.

On the opposition side, the Constitutional Democratic Party, or CDP, more than tripled its seat tally to 54, making it the main opposition. The party is a splinter group of the Democratic Party, which did not run any candidates in the election.

CDP President Yukio Edano said the party will fulfill its pledge to restore grassroots politics. He said it does not support amending the Constitution to approve the right of collective self-defense.

Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike’s party, Hope, another upstart, won fewer-than-expected 49 seats.

Koike said her party aimed to become an alternative for voters critical of the Abe administration, but instead was widely criticized for how she presented its policies.

Both the CDP and Hope were founded right before the election campaign began.

Japanese Communist Party has won 12 seats, and Nippon Ishin Japan Innovation Party 10 seats.

The Social Democratic Party retained one seat.

The Party for Japanese Kokoro and the New Party DAICHI came away empty handed.

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